The dam was envisioned to be a temple of modern India, according to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from meeting drinking water needs, irrigation and power requirements, the dam is an attractive tourist destination owing to the large reservoir. The mighty flow when the crest gates are open present a panoramic view, which enthralls tourists. Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation operates boating activities in the reservoir and pleasure cruising to Nagarjunakonda Island Museum.